opioid

What is ‘success’ in drug rehab? Programs need more than just anecdotes to prove they work

What is ‘success’ in drug rehab? Programs need more than just anecdotes to prove they work

This week’s Australian Story was a compelling narrative of redemption. After a long history of problem drug use and related crime, Peter Lyndon-James’s life was turned around…

Why are politicians still referring to marijuana as a gateway drug

Why are politicians still referring to marijuana as a gateway drug

With states legalizing marijuana by popular vote, some politicians, including Boston mayor Marty Walsh and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, are still calling marijuana a gateway drug. The gateway theory…

Just how big is the drug problem in the Philippines anyway?

Just how big is the drug problem in the Philippines anyway?

“Hitler massacred three million Jews … there’s three million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.” These words, spoken by Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte in September…

Weekly Dose: codeine doesn’t work for some people, and works too well for others

Weekly Dose: codeine doesn’t work for some people, and works too well for others

  Codeine is a synthetic drug derived from morphine. It was first discovered in 1832 by Pierre Robiquet, a French chemist. Small amounts of codeine are actually found in the…

This is your brain on Krokodil. Any questions?

This is your brain on Krokodil. Any questions?

Reports of a “flesh-eating zombie drug” called krokodil, accompanied by lurid images first appeared in English during 2010. The drug serves as an excellent illustration of the havoc bad…

Some good news on opioid epidemic: Treatment options are expanding

Some good news on opioid epidemic: Treatment options are expanding

William Greene, University of Florida and Lisa J. Merlo, University of Florida In the past two decades, the devastation associated with opioid addiction has escaped the relative confines of the…

Can we curb the opioid abuse epidemic by rethinking chronic pain?

Can we curb the opioid abuse epidemic by rethinking chronic pain?

Richard Gunderman, Indiana University Over the last few decades, medicine has witnessed a sea change in attitudes toward chronic pain, and particularly toward opioids. While these changes were intended to…

drug addiction needs your help, a way to bring awareness

drug addiction needs your help, a way to bring awareness

It’s designed to continue to bring awareness to the opiate problem Dan Desrochers, The Westfield NewsPublished: January 19, 2017, 12:50 pm Photo Courtesy: The Westfield News WESTFIELD, Mass…

Aging And Addicted: The Opioid Epidemic Affects Older Adults, Too

Aging And Addicted: The Opioid Epidemic Affects Older Adults, Too

By Jenny Gold Photos by Heidi de Marco It took a lot of convincing for John Evard to go to rehab. Seven days into his stay at the Las Vegas…

Senate Approves Landmark Mental Health Bill As Part Of 21st Century Cures Act

Senate Approves Landmark Mental Health Bill As Part Of 21st Century Cures Act

By Liz Szabo The Senate passed the first major mental health legislation in nearly a decade, sending the 21st Century Cures Act to President Barack Obama, who has promised to…

Delivered ‘Like A Pizza’: Why Killer Drug Fentanyl Is So Hard To Stop

Delivered ‘Like A Pizza’: Why Killer Drug Fentanyl Is So Hard To Stop

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR The latest chart of overdose deaths in Massachusetts shows a climbing blue line labeled “fentanyl.” Pick a spot on that line in mid-August and picture…